See how old films are restored and transferred to digital, Blu-ray and DVD

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Mar 26, 2021, 6:00 AM EDT (Updated)

When SYFY WIRE first relaunched, our editor-in-chief, Adam Swiderski, asked me to write an article about the past, present, and future of cult cinema .

One of the things I spent a lot of time thinking about while writing that piece was the growing trend of small companies tracking down original negatives and film elements in order to release fully restored transfers of weird, old movies. Some of these movies are already cult classics, while some of them are gaining the chance to become cult classics years after their release thanks to an improved transfer.

What goes into taking the kind of oddball, trash cinema you usually find in DVD bargain bins and on degraded VHS tapes and making it look like it did when it was first released to theaters? I took a crew out to Bridgeport, Connecticut to meet the film restoration team at Vinegar Syndrome and asked them all about it. Here's what happened.